RESOURCES FOR REVIEWERS
Reviewers support handling editor as well as authors through their constructive feedback on articles, thereby improving representation of scholarly content. We provide resources, tools and awards to assist our reviewers.
ALL RESOURCES FOR REVIEWERS
Volunteer Peer Review of Manuscript and Benefits
- Review & Feedback to Author & Editor
- Gatekeepers – Ethical Misconduct
- Guiding & Mentoring – Qualiten Press Community
- Criteria of Publication in Qualiten Journals
- Peer Review Process Summary
- Reviewer’s Role in Peer Review Process
- Acceptation/Rejection of Manuscript Review Invitation
- Reviewer’s Code of Conduct for Peer Review
- Independent Review of Manuscript
- Review & Report Submission
- Evaluating Author Revisions
- Qualiten Insight Services
- Qualiten Gifts to Reviewers
Qualiten Press appoints peer-reviewers who are experts in their respective subjects. Peer-reviewers guide authors in their scientific research to enhance the quality of the article. Reviewers are selected based on their subject matter expertise and efficiency. We only appoint individuals with active publication records or previous research activity. Our peer-reviewers are affiliated with top institutions across the globe and they have extensive knowledge in their respective subject.
ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS
1. Review & Feedback to Editor & Author
Major role of a reviewer is to provide unbiased review and feedback via our questionnaire and review form to the author and editor. Reviewers should evaluate all the aspects of the articles thoroughly and provide feedback with efficiency. We expect reviewers to follow the code of conduct and best reviewing practices to perform exemplary service to science.
2. Gatekeepers – Ethical Misconduct
Reviewers are gatekeepers of ethical misconduct by the researchers. Thus, reviewers must keep a keen eye on the data available in the study and should ask for necessary supplementary data from authors if required. Data irreproducibility has become a major concern in the scientific community, and reviewers can minimize this flaw in the research by performing impeccable evaluation.
3. Guiding & Mentoring – Qualiten Press Community
Peer-reviewers are mentors for Qualiten Press and we rely on our reviewers to provide necessary guidance to authors and Qualiten Press to enhance the quality of research articles. Qualiten collaborates with various groups and organizations to form a close-knit community of people working towards the same goal of improving scientific communication.
ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF REVIEWERS
Reviewers should ensure all ethical guidelines are being followed by the author, journal and reviewer themselves while reviewing the article. We suggest reviewers to visit our Ethics for Reviewers section to get complete guidelines about ethical practices which should be considered while performing peer review. Our guidelines are based on standards recommended by international bodies such as Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), World Medical Association (WMA), Office of Research Integrity – US Department of Health & Human Services (ORI – US DHHS), UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS – UNESCO – WHO) and others.
REVIEWING MANUSCRIPT DURING PEER REVIEW
1. Criteria of Publication in Qualiten Journals
Qualiten Journals publish peer-reviewed scholarly articles in the field of science, technology and medicine. All submitted articles that have passed initial quality check undergo full peer review by subject matter experts (handling editors and reviewers) from science and medical communities. During peer review, articles are critically evaluated for scope, novelty, impact, ethics, soundness and reproducibility, content organization, and language.
We publish original research articles, reviews, clinical studies, perspective, case reports, clinical images, editorial and commentary. You may find more details and scope of journals on individual journal pages, for example, Scope of Qualiten Allergy, Scope of Qualiten Animal Sciences, etc. Qualiten Journals also monitor articles post-publication and any misconduct is handled appropriately in interest of benefit of public and society.
2. Peer Review Process Summary
Qualiten Press performs multilevel and multistage quality control before publishing any article. Qualiten Press staff performs initial checks like plagiarism check, scientific merit check, ethical compliance and other checks before initiating a formal double-blinded peer review. During peer review stage, articles are thoroughly and independently evaluated by external reviewers and handling editor from journal editorial board. Only articles which are accepted by handling editors and section heads will be published. You may find detailed information about our peer review process at: Qualiten Journal Peer Review Process.
3. Reviewer’s Role in Peer Review Process
After receiving the manuscript from Qualiten internal team, reviewers perform independent review of the manuscript simultaneously with other peer-reviewers and editor. Reviewers fill the review form of questionnaires based on sections while following all the guidelines of the review process and submit the report to the editor. Reviewers should refrain from using negative language and must provide constructive feedback while following ethical guidelines with the goal of improving research article.
3.1. Acceptation/Rejection of Manuscript Review Invitation
Qualiten Press invites reviewers to handle manuscripts and provide appropriate constructive comments for the manuscripts. Reviewers are advised to inform Qualiten Press about their decision to accept or reject the invitation by E-mail. Reviewing a manuscript is an important responsibility and reviewers should accept the invitation only if they have enough time to provide quality feedback within timeline.
3.2. Reviewer’s Code of Conduct for Peer Review
3.2.1. Confidentiality & Anonymity
All articles undergo double-blinded peer review; thus, reviewers are requested to maintain anonymity in all their comments. Also, submitted manuscript is confidential and hence results etc. must not be communicated with anyone else and for any purpose other than peer review.
3.2.2. Conflicts of Interest
Before accepting to handle any manuscript, reviewers should ensure that they do not have any conflict of interest (financial or otherwise) related to the manuscript. Some examples of conflict of interest are:
- Author’s work is competing with reviewer’s work.
- Authors of manuscript are related to reviewer. Although, peer review process is double-blinded, and Qualiten Press tries to not invite co-authors or reviewers belonging to same institution as of authors, there may be some instances when a reviewer can recognize authors based on the content of manuscript.
Evaluating a manuscript that has conflict of interest can lead to bias in the evaluation, which is harmful to the integrity of scholarly communication. If reviewer perceives any competing or conflicting interest, then it must be communicated to the Journal immediately.
3.2.3. Unbiased Review & Decision
In peer review process, reviewer provides comments for authors along with their decision (major changes, minor changes, acceptance, rejection) based on an initial evaluation of articles and independent peer-reviewers’ comments. The final publication decision of acceptance or rejection is made by handling editor after overall evaluation of authors response, revised manuscript and reviewers’ comments. Reviewers’ evaluation and final publication decision should be unbiased and solely dependent on quality of scholarly content.
3.2.4. Specific & Constructive Feedback
Qualiten Press uses double-blinded peer review process, where reviewers’ evaluation and comments are communicated to handling editors and authors by Qualiten Press journal staff. Thus, it is crucial that comments provided by reviewers are very specific and to the point, such that authors and handling editors can understand it clearly and respond in provided time frame. Qualiten Press assists reviewers by providing a well-designed Peer-Review Form, which has defined article review questionnaire based on article sections. Also, peer-review manuscript is prepared with line numbers and page numbers for easy reference to any part of manuscript.
3.2.5. Positive Language & Tone
Qualiten Press expects everyone involved in peer review process (authors, editors, reviewers, and journal staff) to treat the other individual (even if process is double-blinded) with respect and dignity. Reviewer is expected to provide honest comments and constructive feedback on the scholarly content of the article without the use of derogatory or insulting language or tone. Please understand that authors who have created the content may have limitations or drawbacks, such as English being secondary language and limitation of resources. Peer review is an opportunity to provide honest feedback on science as well as to understand the limitations of authors from their response to feedback.
An efficient peer review process requires coordinated efforts from handling editor, reviewers, authors and journal staff. The handling editor’s timeliness in evaluating manuscript, peer-reviewers’ comments, authors’ response, and revised manuscript is crucial in maintaining the progress of the peer review process. Thus, timely response from reviewers not only supports the review process but also facilitates timely publication of accepted articles. In case of rejected manuscripts, timely decision saves time and resources for authors that can be utilized by them to revise and improve in future submissions.
3.3. Independent Review of Manuscript
Reviewers should provide independent and unbiased review irrespective of comments from the editors and other peer-reviewers. We follow double-blinded peer review and our process runs parallel with other reviewers and editors, thus there are fewer chances of manipulation. Still, it is possible that reviewers identify author(s) or editor. In such cases, reviewers should refrain from contacting other associated individuals and provide independent review irrespective of the role of author or editor.
3.4. Review & Report Submission
Reviewers must submit the reports to the editor by filling review form and completing questionnaire based on the article. In case of any author misconduct, reviewer should report it immediately to the Qualiten Press so we can contact the author for clarification.
3.5. Evaluating Author Revisions
Initially author revisions are evaluated by editors, and if they find it necessary, then author’s revised manuscript is forwarded to the reviewers. Reviewers must evaluate the revised manuscript with the same crucial viewpoint as the initial manuscript and note whether author’s revisions are satisfactory. Author may have included counterarguments to the points raised by reviewer’s and reviewer should note counterarguments and try to look at the points from the author’s perspective.
ARTICLE TRACKING SYSTEM
Qualiten Press has devised an Article Tracking System for reviewers to know the status of manuscripts they are handling. Our tracking system is efficient and consistently updated according to the progress. A manuscript identifier is provided to the reviewer after initial acceptance for peer review process which they can use to track the progress of the article.
PEER REVIEW RESULTS SUMMARY PUBLICATION
Qualiten Journals follow double-blinded peer review to ensure unbiased and anonymous review. However, transparency of the peer review is equally important. Therefore, Qualiten publishes a peer-reviewed summary along with the article to inform readers about article feedback and limitations. Peer-reviewers are also given recognition for their hard work by publishing their name along with the article. Review summary is not associated with any specific researcher, and it contains feedback by a group of peer-reviewers and editorial board members.
BENEFITS & REWARDS FOR CONTRIBUTIONS AS REVIEWER
1. Scientific Awareness
While working with Qualiten Journals scientists are introduced to many new discoveries and they remain aware of updates and researches in their area of expertise. Reviewers gain first-hand experience of developing new scientific studies and understanding the problems associated in their field of interest. This experience would help researchers in making new strategies and following new protocols for their proceeding research studies.
2. Leadership & Mentorship
Reviewers gain leadership and mentorship experience by guiding author and Qualiten journals to improve our work. These leadership skills would come handy for researchers in their future line of work.
3. Collaboration & Community Support
Qualiten Press believes in collaboration of different sections of society who help in improving the quality of life for the patients. Qualiten Press partners with different organizations and individuals like disease advocacy groups, researchers, institutions, corporate, government agencies and more. Reviewers can collaborate with our partners to enhance their knowledge and resources which help in improving quality of their research. Furthermore, Qualiten releases journals in varying fields and reviewers may have access for collaborating with members of other journals to improve multidisciplinary collaborations.
Qualiten Press is grateful for reviewers who work tirelessly and expeditiously to ensure Qualiten Journal’s success and we recognize their efforts.
4.1. Reviewer Listing at Journal
Qualiten Press enlists reviewers to provide recognition to them for their volunteer work. To check reviewers listing of a specific Journal, please check that journal’s page. For example, Reviewers of Qualiten Cancer, Reviewers of Qualiten Neuroscience, etc.
4.2. Reviewer Recognition in Published Manuscript
Qualiten Press recognizes the value of reviewer’s work in specific manuscript and publishes their name and affiliation along with the article and peer-review summary.
4.3. Qualiten Activity Report
Qualiten Press provides activity reports for reviewer’s work, which can be downloaded and shared with funders and peers to highlight their input in Qualiten journals.
4.4. Reviewer Certificate
Certificate is provided to reviewers for their valuable work in our articles. Reviewers can download the certificate from our E-mail. Qualiten also provides hard copy to the reviewers via mail on the request of reviewers.
4.5. External Recognition Platforms
Qualiten also recognizes reviewers’ work on various platforms like LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Publons, ORCID, etc. Recognition on these platforms offers more visibility among the scientific and nonscientific community.
5. Special Publication Waivers & Discounts
Article Processing Charge (APC) is a fair service charge that is generally paid on behalf of authors (by author’s institute, library, funding agency, etc.) or by authors themselves, only upon successful acceptance of their article for publication. However, we offer publication waivers and discounts for our reviewers. Reviewers can fill the waiver form or contact our team to avail these discounts.
FREE SERVICES FOR REVIEWERS
1. Qualiten Insight Services
Qualiten Insight is a supportive platform from Qualiten Press where we publish latest news and analysis, announcements, press releases, infographics, quizzes, humor and job posting with no publication fee.
Qualiten Insight accepts blogs, opinions, infographics, quizzes, humor, job posting, etc. related to science, technology, medicine and healthcare. As guest author, you can submit your content for consideration by completing the online submission form or by E-mailing us your content directly at email@example.com. Please refer to Submission page for details on submission, review and publication process at Qualiten Insight.
1.1. Announcements Publication
Publish any announcements related to your research or laboratory—such as webinar, presentation in conference, collaboration or materials requirement for your lab.
1.2. Poster/Infographics Publication
Publish posters or infographics related to articles you have published in Qualiten Journals. Your infographics at Qualiten Insight will be linked with your manuscript published at Qualiten Journal, thus providing easy to read and understand content related to your article. This also improves visibility and impact of your article.
1.3. Job Posting & Hiring
You may submit any job posting or hiring requirement that you may have at your workplace. Qualiten Insight is read by a variety of readers and it may help you in accomplishing your hiring goals.
2. Qualiten Gifts to Reviewers
In honor of volunteer services provided by our editors and peer-reviewers, we support National Forest Foundation (a non-profit partner of United States Forest Service) in plantation of 10 plants for each article that we publish.
HOW TO BECOME REVIEWER
1. Invitation from Journal
Qualiten invites qualified reviewers globally through E-mail. We select individuals who have proven track records of high-quality publishing. Reviewers can accept the invitation by replying to E-mail. We encourage our reviewers to visit Qualiten website through the link provided in the E-mail and check the quality of our Journals and make certain our Journal’s scope align with their area of expertise.
2. Referral from Editor
Qualiten entrusts our editors to guide us to qualified individuals who can take the mantle and responsibilities of a reviewer. Before appointing reviewers from referral, we check the qualifications of the researchers and make sure they are suitable as reviewers of the respective Journal and they have expertise in the field.
3. Referral from Author
Authors can suggest reviewers with the article. However, the suggested reviewers should be subject matter experts with no conflicts of interest with any author regarding the study. Furthermore, Qualiten selects the reviewers based on their efficiency and knowledge, suggestion does not provide a guarantee of the same reviewer.
4. Contact Journal Directly
Interested individuals can contact Journals directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Qualiten Press internal team checks the applications and runs a background check of the researchers to ensure they are qualified and have enough experience to take reviewer role.
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